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1964 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

Red Burgundy 1964: Drink now

Good old-fashioned wines with notable concentration

Weather Conditions

Rated by some as the best vintage of the decade, the weather this year had a profound impact on the quality of the grapes. Deep snow in winter, and a coolish spring. A good flowering in a warm June laid the grounds for theripening of the crop during an almost perfect summer, with hot conditions in late June and July and a smattering of rain during August. Further rain, albeit not very heavy, fell in September, allowing the tannins to develop. By the time the rains began in earnest, in early October, the crop had already been succesfully harvested.

Best Appellations

Vosne Romanee and Savigny Les Beaune.

Best Producers

This year was better than 1963 with some very good examples of what can be done in an average year. Unfortuately most if not all of the wines are now over their prime. The best example of this year is Bruno Clair’s Savigny Les Beaune, La Dominode.

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